Links and Partners
Please note that many of the organizations linked here are not easily categorized. For instance, a conservation-minded organization could just as well serve as an educational resource. So browse around for a while to get a good sense of the resources available - you won't be disappointed!
Other RCDs and the NRCS.
Includes the California and National Assocations of Conservation Districts
Resource-related agencies and organizations
For information on wetlands, resource planning, the latest research, etc.
Other conservation-minded organizations
Look here for parks, sustainability, and biological diversity
Web resources for the farmer, rancher, or agriculture researcher
Sponsored in part by a grant from the California Department of Education
Other RCDs and the NRCS
Resource Conservation District Directory
Access this site for a complete listing of conservation districts that have made it to the web.
California Association of Resource Conservation Districts
Information on RCDs throughout the State of California.
National Association of Conservation Districts
This site is designed to educate the general public about districts and conservation and help conservationists more easily connect with one another and aquire information from NACD.
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
The homepage for RCD's partner. Access soil information, best management practices, wetlands information and more.
Resource-related agencies and organizations.
Association of California Water Agencies
AWCWA is a statewide association whose 420 public water agency members are responsible for 90% of the water delivered in California. The page provides information on the associations activities, pertinent regulations and legislations, plus links to other water resources.
California Department of Water Resources
Dedicated to managing the water resources of California in cooperation with other agencies for the benefit of the State's people while protecting, restoring and enhancing the natural and human environments, this organization's site contains information on state water projects, water conditions and quality, and California water maps and information.
County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation
S.D. County Parks publishes a county-wide listing of programs, regional parks, local visitor centers and exciting events. Check out this site for fun things to do outdoors in San Diego.
SelecTree is an interactive program being developed on the World Wide Web, designed to match trees with planting sites. SelecTree will search a database of 1,156 trees with over 60 tree and site characteristics. The program is sponsored by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the Urban Forest Ecosystems Institute. Their phone number is (408) 427-1718.
California Environmental Resources Evaluation System
CERES will provide a path to: California Resources Agency, California Biodiversity Council, Natural Community Conservation Planning and California Wetlands Information System.
California Farm Water Coalition
The coalition's mission is to increase awareness of agriculture's use of water for economic, environmental, and social contributions to the people of California. This page provides information on the organization's activities, educational outreach and member services.
San Diego Integrated Regional Water Management
State Water Resources Control Board
State assessment of water quality plus a path to the Regional Water Quality Control Board.
National Watershed Network
Information on watershed projects throughout the U.S.
Other conservation-minded organizations
California Institute for Biodiversity
Featuring, among other things, interactive CD-ROMs entitled Cal Alive! An Ecological Journey Through the State. The CD-ROMs are a central feature of the new statewide ecological curriculum for California, and are designed for use in the classroom or media center. Address: 11 Embarcadero West, Suite 120, Oakland, CA 94607, USA. Ph: 510-444-6629 Fax: 510-444-6605
Soil and Water Conservation Society
SWCS is a nonprofit, multidisciplinary organization for natural resource management professionals. The Society fosters the science and the art of soil, water, and related natural resource management to achieve sustainability. The site has information on the organization's activities, journals, related links, and education resources.
Sustainable Communities Network
Learn about sustainable communities and the fundamentals of sustainability with the website from the Sustainable Communities Network Partnership. Subject areas integrate the many aspects of sustainable community development, case studies, resource files, links to databases, upcoming events, and suggested readings.
California Agricultural Technology Institute
The latest in agricultural technology. Includes results of agricultural research projects and updates on projects in progress.
California Department of Food and Agriculture
The site includes program information (covering everything from inspection services to marketing to the animal and plant industry), job opportunities, education outreach information and more.
California Invasive Plant Council
Cal-IPC is a nonprofit organization that works to protect California's wildlands from invasive plants through research, restoration, and education. Their website includes information for land managers, gardeners, and anyone who wants to learn more about invasive plants.
The National Gardening Association
The National Gardening Association (NGA) has announced that applications for its fifteenth annual Youth Garden Grants Program are available. NGA, a member-supported organization in Burlington, VT., will award 300 grants to schools and youth programs nationwide for use during the 1998 growing season. Application period has closed for this year
Energy in Agriculture
From the California Energy Commission, the purpose of the program is to promote the efficient use of energy resources among California's food and fiber industry. To achieve its goal, the program provides technical support and financial assistance to demonstrate energy efficient technologies and practices; produces educational materials and delivers training programs; evaluates project results and conducts technology transfer activities. These efforts are funded with grants and low-interest loans from the federal Petroleum Violation Escrow Account.
Fertilizer Research & Education Program
Sponsored by the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) was created to advance the environmentally safe and agronomically sound use and handling of fertilizer materials. Most of FREP's current work is concerned specifically with nitrate contamination of groundwater. FREP facilitates and coordinates research and demonstration projects by providing funding, developing and disseminating information, and serving as a clearinghouse on information on this topic. FREP serves growers, agricultural supply and service professionals, extension personnel, public agencies, consultants, and other interested parties.
Grazing Lands Technology Institute
GLTI conducts research and reports on the latest technologies for ranchers, land managers and natural resource specialists. Check this site for the "Glazing Land Roundup," a newsletter that provides insight into the ongoing activities of the GLTI.
Department of Pesticide Regulation
Provided by the California Environmental Protection Agency, the Department is responsible for regulating the safe use of pesticides in the state of California. The site is also a great resource for the latest regulations, pesticide updates, program information and assistance, and more.
American Farmland Trust
A private, nonprofit membership organization founded in 1980 to protect the nation's agricultural resources.
Sustainable Agriculture Network
Featured on this user friendly amalgam are on-line books and a database of more than 1,000 research projects funded by USDA's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program. Also on-site is "The Sustainable Agriculture Directory of Expertise," a compilation of nearly 1,000 individuals and more than 200 organizations throughout the U.S. and two territories.
University of California Cooperative Extension
An organization of research, demonstrations, and educational programs for the promotion of sustainable and healthy agriculture.
Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program
An partner with the Cooperative Extension (above), SAREP funds research and education projects working to ensure a sustainable future for agriculture and the natural and human resources upon which we depend.
University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Project
A system designed to develop and promote the use of integrated, ecologically sound pest management programs in California. The site includes educational materials, related resources, grant opportunities and more.
California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom
The Foundation works with K- 12 teachers, community leaders, media representatives and government executives to enhance education using agricultural examples. The site contains information on the organization's programs, outreach, and education resources.
The site is maintained by the Environmental Education and Training Partnership (EETAP), an organization committed to developing the tools to make the search and selection of environmental curriculum more "user-friendly." The Resource Library Activity, an EETAP initiative, is funded by the Environmental Protection Agency and is aimed at serving K-12 teachers and nonformal educators. The goal is to ensure access to information about quality EE materials, programs, events, and issues, and to provide guidelines for assessing educational resources.
Give Water A Hand
Join young people from around the country who are learning about water issues in their communities and what they - and you! - can do to help.
Global Rivers Environmental Education Network (GREEN)
Offers assessment tools that help watershed coordinators plan watershed education programs.
US Geological Survey - Science Education
K-12 Education curriculum, exploration and life-long learning. A must see for educators!
The Young Scientist's Introduction to Wetlands
Publication for K-5 addresses What is a wetland? Wetland plants: Wetland animals; Wetland types; visiting a wetland and value of wetlands.